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Individualized Care for Children with Burns and Wounds

child holding a teddy bearAlthough many burn injuries children experience are mild and manageable with outpatient care, many others are severe and require acute and long-term management from a multispecialty collaborative team of clinicians.

Specialty care for burns and wounds includes surgical and non-surgical methods of wound healing and scar management, as well as management for a variety of acquired skin conditions.

Because no two patients are the same, burn injuries require an individualized approach with specialized care through a combination of specialized and holistic therapies depending on the child’s age, pre-existing medical issues, and the extent and depth of burn wounds.

Our pediatricians, burn surgeons, physiatrists, as well as occupation and physical therapists offer comprehensive rehabilitation and the best quality care with a focus on obtaining much functionality as possible, with scar management and pain control as important priorities.

Our clinicians who attend to children with non-burn wounds are skilled in treating conditions resulting from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, pressure sores and non-healing surgical wounds.

Burn and Wound Treatment

Treatment for burns and wounds may include:

  • Daily medical management
  • Rehabilitation (physical, occupational, and speech therapies)
  • Compression garments with splinting
  • Surgical and non-surgical debridement
  • Hydrotherapy treatment
  • Wound care employing a variety of techniques and dressings
  • Psychological interventions
  • Nutritional support and adjunctive therapies
  • Management of related infectious diseases

Burn Injury Reconstruction and Management

We use various innovative technologies to treat burn scars and other wounds and complex skin conditions. Surgical reconstruction may be necessary to improve function and cosmetic appearance of burn wounds. Surgical interventions by qualified reconstructive surgeons may include techniques involving:

  • Skin grafting
  • Tissue expanders
  • Tissue transfers, local rotational, or free flaps
  • Laser scar treatment

Post-operative management may be recommended employing the use of custom compression garments to minimize burn scars as well as occupational and/or physical therapy used to maximize functional outcome when a child’s injuries have affected their gross or fine motor skills.

Child Life specialists help make any hospitalization a more positive one, with the help of music, art and age-appropriate play therapies.

The Burn Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

RWJBarnabas Health has the only state-certified burn treatment facility in New Jersey. The Burn Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is also one of the largest in the United States. Children and adults receive expert, compassionate care at the highest level from a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • Burn surgeons
  • Advance practice nurses and nurses trained in burn treatment
  • Burn technicians
  • Occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists
  • Social worker and case manager
  • Child Life specialists
  • Dietician

For specialized care from critical burns treated in the intensive care unit to wounds that require outpatient care and therapy, The Burn Center is uniquely positioned to address patients’ care needs.

The Burn Center also offers a variety of programs designed to teach children and adults fire and burn safety techniques. Learn more about our Community Outreach programs.

Patient Stories

  • “It was the working together of many different teams, all working in synchrony, that saved the life and saved the leg of this 12-year-old girl."

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Children's Specialized Hospital
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(888) 244-5373
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